- Unknown Nigerian player bags death sentence in Vietnam over drug trafficking
- The player with the name, Theophilus Ugwu, was caught with six kilos of the substance
- The 23-year-old arrived in Cambodia last year in search of greener pasture before meeting the person who introduced him to drugs
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Theophilus Ugwu's chances of playing football came to an abrupt end after he was sentenced to death in Vietnam on Tuesday, May 25.
The 23-year-old was nabbed for trafficking about six kilos of methamphetamine valued at around N413k from Cambodia to the Asian country.
He was caught by the police on March 8, 2020, illegally transporting 12 bags of narcotic substances and a little over a year later, the People's Court of the Western province of Tay Ninh sentenced him.
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Ugwu was said to have arrived in Cambodia in February 2020 as a soccer player and met a fellow African who promised to help him play for one of the famous clubs in the country.
He was contacted to deliver a package from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) on the day he was caught according to VN Express and Instablog.
Having accepted the deal that earned him $1,000, he was eventually burst by police as he tried to traffic the drugs into Vietnam through less-travelled paths.
However, the 23-year-old was said to have claimed he did not know the bag contained drugs while he was in court.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Sheffield Wednesday legend and former England player Peter Swan has been confirmed dead at the age of 84.
The centre-half was pronounced dead on Thursday, January 21 at the Chesterfield Royal Hospital after battling Alzheimer's disease since the mid-2000s.
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Swan made over 300 appearances for the Owls having started his career with the Hillsborough Stadium outfit's youth team in 1952.
He also featured 19 solid times for the English national team but his career was cut short because of his involvement in a betting scandal.